Suggestions for ABC board membership
Thursday June 15th 2006, 7:55 pm

And you thought Janet Albrechtsen was the end of the bad newsIn the wake of the elimination of the staff-elected ABC board position (which was won by Quentin Dempster, who was then unceremoniously dumped) and today’s appointment of extreme right-wing nutbag Keith Windschuttle to the ABC board, allow me to make a few more suggestions to complete the absolute destruction of the independence of a once legendary national broadcaster:

* Jamahl “Jim” Saleam, NSW secretary for the Australia First Party and well experienced neo-nazi

* Piers Akerman & Andrew Bolt, Murdochian right-wing fuckwits supreme and deluxe (respectively)

* Pauline Hanson, washed up One Nation pollie and hardcore racist

* Jack-also-known-as-Steve (JAKAS) Medcraft of People Against Lenient Sentencing (who really should join the Patriotik Yoof Leauge)

* Alan Jones, well-known race baiter and right-wing crank

* Drew Fraser, disgraced racist academic and dedicated anti-semite

* Janet Albrechtsen, hater of independent journalism (oops, she’s already on the board.)

It was your ABC. Now it’s John Howard’s mates’ ABC.


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Publicly owned Media! We don’t need no stinking Nationally Owned Public Media!

Cracker Bastards!

Comment by foxman 06.15.06 @ 11:43 pm

Foxie, I reckon Howard apointed Windschuttle because Hitler is dead and Derryn Hinch is too busy obsessing over his colorectal health.

Comment by weez 06.16.06 @ 7:30 am

Haha. Weez, did you hear Phillip Adams on Late Night Live last night give a big smart arse welcome to Keith? Classic LNL! It was great.

Comment by Dave 06.16.06 @ 4:12 pm

How about the highly strung out Carmen Miranda?

Comment by cfsmtb 06.17.06 @ 12:54 am

In fairness to Howard, it does seem that he is at least seeking balance; between right-wing extremists on the one hand and right-wing reactionaries on the other…

Comment by @ndy 06.19.06 @ 5:26 am

Dave, that WOULD be ‘classic LNL.’ 😀

cileo, the bananas in the hat would be a good look for the ABC board.

@ndy, an astute ob.

Fortunately, the ABC board doesn’t have that much input to the day-to-day operation of the broadcaster.

Comment by weez 06.19.06 @ 8:40 am


“The duty of the Board is to ensure that the functions of the Corporation are performed efficiently with maximum benefit to the people of Australia and to maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the gathering and presentation of news and information is accurate and impartial, according to recognised standards of journalism, and that the ABC complies with legislative and legal requirements.”

That’s a pretty broad brief.

Presumably Windschuttle wants to use an iron broom to sweep out the legions of “Marxists” and other “radicals” who infest the corridors of the ABC; a disastrous turn of events Windschuttle blames on “maverick broadcaster” (boo!) Alan Ashbolt:

“[In 1966] Ashbolt was a maverick broadcaster at the ABC, then a largely conservative organisation. Ashbolt managed to find jobs for a small group of Marxists and radicals like himself. In the ensuing thirty years that group, its appointees and values, have captured the organization.

Gasp! And here was poor ol’ me thinking it was The Pink Mafia!

“Ashbolt’s views have not only survived, they have built a house culture that even the appointment of a board now dominated by conservatives has been unable to displace. The other public broadcaster SBS, founded ostensibly to service non-English-speaking migrants, has been captured by the same social class and social values. SBS is now the principal vehicle for the screening of those art house films that have long functioned as social markers and signs of cultural prestige, not of recent migrants, but of the tertiary-educated, inner-city Left. SBS’s news and current affairs are now more left-wing than even the ABC.”

Fuck I hate it when mediocre academics, ex-Marxists and “radicals” like Winschuttle piss + moan about the comfortable lifestyles of the “tertiary-educated”! Anyways, what’s Windschuttle gonna do given that even a reactionary Board can’t tame the Multicultural Monster that is now His ABC?

Comment by @ndy 06.22.06 @ 9:18 pm

@ndy, it’ll take more than an iron broom to disinfect every skerrick of the vast Marxist conspiracy in Ultimo. I have it on very good authority that everyone at ABC from Macca to the office cleaners are wet as the sea. Windschuttle would do well to bring his own coffee.

Comment by weez 06.22.06 @ 10:34 pm

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